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Cervical Fusion Surgery

Your Neck Pain Can Be Relieved

The spinal column runs from the hips to the base of the skull, and is largely responsible for stabilizing the body and facilitating movement. The uppermost section of the spine is called the cervical spine and is composed of seven vertebrae and their corresponding discs. When the cervical spine is damaged it can cause significant neck and back pain. The surgical specialists at miVIP offer a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure called cervical fusion to help patients who are suffering from cervical spine injuries.

Cervical spine injuries can be caused by automobile accidents, advanced age, and diseases. While some types of cervical spine injuries may be treated with non-surgical methods, you may benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc diseases
  • Cervical radiculopathy (radiating pain)
  • Broken or fractured spine
  • Spine instability

How is the Surgery Performed?

During cervical fusion, joints in the cervical spine are fused together in order to stabilize the area. Once the joints are stabilized, pain and other symptoms related to spinal injury are typically reduced due to the inability of the fused discs to put pressure on the nerves and create pain.

Fusion of the surgical joints can be done through the front or the back of the neck, depending on your surgeon’s recommendation for your particular injury. During the procedure, the surgeon uses an endoscope to remove the damaged discs and any bone spurs or damaged tissues that may be pressing on the nerves. Once the damaged discs are removed, bone grafts are inserted in their place and are fastened to the adjacent discs with special screws.

The Surgeons at miVIP

Our surgeons use only the most up-to-date technology and techniques when performing cervical fusion and other minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Thanks to our minimally invasive surgical procedures, our patients often experience quicker recovery times and have a lower risk of developing surgery-related complications.

What to Expect After the Procedure

As with any surgery, cervical fusion comes with potential risks, including excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, nerve damage, and long-term instability. Once the surgery is successfully completed, patients are instructed to wear a neck brace for a specified period of time and to take pain medication as prescribed. Physical therapy usually begins approximately three months after the procedure is completed to help patients regain strength and mobility. For most patients, it takes approximately 6-9 months for the bones to fuse completely.

Cost of Cervical Fusion

The cost of minimally invasive spine surgery differs from patient to patient, depending on their insurance coverage. As the patient, you are responsible for any co-pays, deductibles, and other surgery fees that are not covered by your health insurance policy. Our helpful representatives will be happy to assist you in developing a financial plan to help ensure that your procedure costs are met.

Long Term Prognosis

Complete correction of spinal problems is not guaranteed after surgery, but most patients who receive minimally invasive spine surgery from miVIP experience significant improvement of their debilitating symptoms and pain. Additionally, approximately 80 to 90 percent of the patients who undergo fusion of their cervical vertebrae experience successful bone fusion following the procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation

To find out how spinal surgery can alleviate pain in the cervical spinal column, schedule your consultation with miVIP today by calling 877.956.2263.

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